You might remember that I got in trouble in the past for saying what I thought about some cuts to Michigan’s State Budget in early 2009. And that was NOTHING compared to what’s about to happen.
It appears the state of Michigan is about to lead the nation…in dropping all its Extension Service funding. It would become the ONLY state to not have Extension.
For someone who works in Agriculture, this is just…
That’s the only word I can come up with.
This isn’t about just ending consulting services to farmers. Michigan Extension runs the Economic Development Programs for many counties. They run breastfeeding workshops and the state’s supplemental nutrition programs. They train childcare providers.
A few bullet points from an official MSU website:
- Every county, every legislative district, will be affected by the elimination of MAES and MSUE funding. These are outreach programs that make a significant impact on people’s lives. From babies to seniors, urban, suburban or rural, people of all communities will feel the impact.
- 236,000 Michigan youth and 27,000 volunteers would face the elimination of 4-H programming, making Michigan the only state without 4-H youth development programming.
- In 2008, MAES and MSUE funds generated a total economic impact for the State of Michigan of $1.062 billion. This would be gone. For every $1 provided by the state, MAES and MSUE generate another $2.33 for research and extension work in Michigan. This income would be lost, with much of it going to other states.
If you have a story to tell about how you have benefited from Michigan Extension, the Michigan Experiment Station System, or other related parts of MSU, please contact your legislators ASAP!
Michigan House of Representatives
Contact your Representative
Contact your Senator
Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm
Office of the State Budget